OTL: Episode #57

BOO !! (podcasting “from” the Andersonville Playlot Park) (broadcasting on the 100-watt spooktacular WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann play back some George Takei audio clips, they learn about a proposed casino for Chicago, they revisit the handbill law and hear another viewpoint, and then they talk with the owner of a music institution. George Takei audio; Mr. Sulu was in town and didn’t call us, but we still love him Doug Dobmeyer – spokesperson, Task Force to Oppose Gambling in Chicago; on “Daley’s Casino Royale” in The Beachwood Reporter Ron Roenigk – publisher, Inside Publications; on free newspapers and the Commercial Handbill Distribution Law Joe Shanahan – owner, Metro; on the 25th anniversary of his Chicago music institution (segue music this week from The Pumps)

OTL: Episode #54

(podcasting “from” the finish line of this year’s Chicago Marathon) (broadcasting on the 100-watt hammer toe WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann get the scoop on a local newspaper’s new format and ownership, they chat about one of their favorite magazines and websites, and then they talk with the guy behind an online journalism startup. racing bandits; Mike “knows a guy” who runs races as a bandit Alison True – editor, Chicago Reader; on the venerable newspaper’s new format and owners Davy Rothbart – point guard, FOUND Magazine; on valuable trash, and a whirlwind yearly tour Steve Rhodes – founder, The Beachwood Reporter; on providing ground-level journalism in Chicago (segue music this week from The New Pornographers)

OTL: Episode #53

(podcasting “from” right out in front of the Newberry Library) (broadcasting on the 100-watt card catalog WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen tells Andy Hermann his FCC fantasy, they learn about Banned Books Week, they get the scoop on the film industry in Chicago, and then they revisit the Best of Chicago — for 2007. Mike’s FCC fantasy; a hypothetical scenario involving FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein Judith Krug – director of the American Library Association‘s Office for Intellectual Freedom; on the 26th anniversary of Banned Books Week (Sep 29 – Oct 6) Adam Fendelman (publisher) and Dustin Levell (senior staff writer) – HollywoodChicago.com; on covering the film industry in the city and beyond Brian Hieggelke – editor and publisher, Newcity Chicago; on the “Best of Chicago 2007” (segue music this week from The Polkaholics)

OTL: Episode #52

Outside the Loop RADIO turns 1 !! (podcasting “from” deep within the heart of OTL Headquarters) (broadcasting on the 100-watt anniversary party WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann celebrate OTL’s big year anniversary with special audio clips from show cast members; and then they discuss the ongoing budget cuts from Springfield, and the latest controversy involving Mayor Daley. OTL Radio Anniversary Party; Mike runs into a big fan who just loves The Little Announcer Guy Tio Hardiman – director gang mediation and community organizing, CeaseFire; on the $6.2 million budget cut from Springfield OTL Radio Anniversary Party (cont.); words from DJ Goldy G (aka Dave Goldman), and a behind-the-scenes show meeting with Lawyer Danny Cate Plys – “Open Letter” columnist, The Beachwood Reporter; on the latest Mayor Daley controversy involving the Children’s Museum and Grant Park (segue music this week from Detagoh)